The ASCA meetings from 1995 to 2001 were held as a “pre-Congress event” to the ASEAN Congress of Anesthesiologists, which is a biennial meeting of anesthesiologists in the south east Asian region. ASCA was able to attract participants as a pre-ACA congress event, even if it ran parallel sessions with the OB and pediatric anesthesia conferences.
So in 2003, through the enthusiastic leadership of YW Hong, the first independent ASCA meeting was held in Seoul Korea. Since then, ASCA has convened independently from ASEAN meeting. Nevertheless, ASCA maintained its presence in ACA congresses by having some satellite symposia in conjunction with ACA organisers.